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Nearly four months after a popular Oregon hairstylist disappeared, her family is pleading for answers.
“Somebody out there saw something,” her youngest daughter Gabby Garcia told Dateline about the disappearance of her 49-year-old mother, Graciela Garcia.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston told Oxygen.com that Graciela was last seen on Nov. 8 and was reported missing by one of her daughters just a few days later on Nov. 11.
“Her husband told the family and investigators that she just left town, leaving behind her vehicle and all of her possessions,” Edmiston said.
Investigators discovered no signs of distress at her home.
Edmiston said investigators believe that foul play “is certainly one possibility” in the case.
“Her disappearance is incredibly suspicious, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s criminal,” he said. “As investigators, we have to keep an open mind. Theories are developed based on facts and circumstances, but it’s the evidence that leads and guides our actions.”
He said Graciela’s husband has been cooperating with authorities.
He described the investigation as “open and evolving” and declined to provide specifics about whether or not there had been any activity on any of her financial accounts in the months since the mother of four vanished.
“Certain information has to be protected, and that includes specific investigative steps and information,” he said. “We have accessed all the information and data that we can legally access, and we’ve sought assistance from outside agencies, including the Oregon State Police and the FBI. At this point, none of the information we’ve learned has led us to her location or additional information.”
Her daughter Gabby told Dateline that the night she disappeared she had been planning to take her son food at his father’s house, where he was staying, but that she never arrived.
The son noticed he had two missed calls from his mother and a text around 7 p.m. but when he tried to return the call his mother never answered and her phone went straight to voicemail.
“That was a huge red flag,” Gabby told the news outlet. “She always had her phone on, and had been in constant contact with my brother that night. They were supposed to meet. That was the plan. She wouldn’t have just turned her phone off and disappeared.”
Graciela owned the Careyes Beauty Salon, which she operated out of her home, according to the Hermiston Herald.
“She’s had her business a long time, and has lived here all her life,” her daughter Anabel Coria told the paper in December.
Her family is still hopeful that Graciela will be found alive.
“I just feel that she’s still here,” Gabby said. “It’s like daughter's intuition maybe, but I still feel her. My sister and brothers do, too. We just need to find her soon.”
Graciela has been described as 5’4” tall and 140 pounds.
Anyone with information about the missing mom’s whereabouts is urged to contact authorities.
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